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Decima

1480

May 7

on Friday

Ten Sesti and one Decima were voted; and a Sgravo (decrease) of 3 thousand florins was made and an Aggravo (increase) of a thousand florins.(1)

At this time the Duke of Calabria was sent a sum of 30 thousand florins, on several occasions. It may be imagined what need there was for these taxes of Sesti and Decime. We Florentines have the wise custom of giving money in payment to everyone who does us an injury, and who destroys and pillages our territory. And this is not a solitary instance; it will always be the same; anyone who wants money from the Florentines has only to do them an injury.

(1) A Sgravo means that some taxes were lowered or remitted; whilst on others there was an increase (Aggravo). See note to 13th June, 1478. (Trans.)

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1495

February 5

on Tuesday

14 years, 9 months, 7 days later

5th February. The tax on property, that is to say, the Decima, was passed by the Consiglio Maggiore; but the provision that it could not be imposed more than once a year, or less frequently.(1)

(1) It was called Decima because the tenth of the value on all land and house property had to be paid. See note 5th February, 1495.

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1495

February 19

on Tuesday

14 days later

19th February. It was proclaimed that during the whole month of March the papers should be distributed (on which were to be filled in all particulars) for the tax of the Decima about to be imposed upon property.

19th February. We heard that the king had been defeated.

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King Charles VIII (1470-1498), aged 25: king

Source: Primary

Luca Landucci; "A Florentine Diary"; p. 83

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